District 4 Public Health News

COVID-19 Registration Update

PLEASE NOTE: The online system for appointment scheduling and pre-registration for COVID-19 PCR testing is once again available as of Monday, May 23, 2022. May 19, 2022FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE District 4 Public Health continues to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing in each of the 12 counties it serves. While individuals can normally go online to schedule a testing appointment and to pre-register, the...

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Fox in Lamar County Tests Positive for Rabies

May 18, 2022 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Georgia Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) has confirmed that a fox from Lamar County recently tested positive for rabies. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office retrieved the fox in the vicinity of Grape Creek Road and Martin Dairy Road after an incident involving two residents of Lamar County. The Lamar County Environmental Health Office sent the fox...

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DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage

MAY 18, 2022 NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:May 17, 2022 DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. Georgia WIC is working...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please join us in clearing out your homes of unneeded medicine, and bringing it to a local collection site near you – visit www.DEATakeBack.com to find a Take Back location. For people unable to make it to a collection site, health departments in District 4 now carry Deterra drug deactivation and disposal pouches. The Deterra® Drug...

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Powdered Infant Formula Recall Expanded 03-02-2022

Five Reports of Bacterial Infection in Infants Atlanta – A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the...

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Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use 01/27/2022

Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use Limited Efficacy Against Omicron Atlanta – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that two monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for COVID-19 are currently not authorized for use due to their limited effectiveness against the Omicron variant. Omicron is still circulating widely in the U.S., including Georgia. Monoclonal...

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DPH COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update 01-07-2022

DPH COVID-19 Daily Status Report Update No Daily Update Due to Ongoing Issues with ELR Atlanta – Due to ongoing issues with Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR), the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will not publish an updated COVID-19 Daily Status Report today. Data for case counts, hospitalizations and deaths come from sources other than ELR, and as such are not impacted by the same...

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Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments 12-30-2021

Georgia Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ Available at Select Retail Pharmacies Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the allocation of Merck and Pfizer oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 to select retail pharmacies in Georgia. Initial supply of Molnupiravir and Paxlovid™ from the federal government is very limited. DPH...

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CDC Changes to COVID-19 Isolation

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate) Everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay...

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Omicron Spread and Prevention Measures for Holiday Gatherings 12-21-2021

Omicron Spread and Prevention Measures for Holiday Gatherings   Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging Georgians to carefully follow COVID-19 prevention measures during holiday celebrations and gatherings to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.   COVID case numbers are increasing daily, and the Omicron variant is spreading faster than any previous variant.  ...

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